Warning: contains super-cool groove and breathtaking skill. May be distressing to those not wanting to tap their feet, bob their heads, and be musically transported.
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Pierre Bensusan - Azwan album
Billy McLaughlin - Gospel Plow album
Mandy Harvey - Paper Cuts album
Calum Graham - Sympatheia album
Phil Keaggy - vinyl limited gift edition of his 1991 classic, Beyond Nature album
Stropes Foundation - Leo Kottke 6- and 12-String Guitar expert transcription
Pierre recorded "Azwan" late 2019, and intended to promote it on his 2020 tour which was wiped out by the pandemic. Enter into his world of sonic beauty and healing, and promote the album and its creator through CD purchases, Spotify traffic, and any other means you can.
A great version of Peter Gabriel's tune, off of Billy's new studio album. He explains, "My new single is 'Come Talk To Me', a cover by Peter Gabriel who is a musical hero of mine. His body of work is vast, layered, complex, intricately arranged and bound together by his emotive vocals. Wouldn’t seem likely that I could ever use one guitar and be able to effectively arrange any of my favorite songs by him to perform at my live shows – especially with just two fingers working on my fretboard hand. But that was my challenge as I dreamed of singing “Come Talk To Me”, the opening track from his album, Us (1992), featuring Sinead O’Connor. Experimenting with unusual tunings got me to a place that everything essential was intact and I sang this tune at my solo gigs with just one guitar for years. It was super fulfilling to create this recording that is essentially built around that solo guitar version. Newly arranged vocal parts with a unique set of ancient bagpipes played by Laura MacKenzie gives this version a special feel that I hope PG might hear some day."
The amazing Mandy Harvey is also creating a new studio album, "Paper Cuts". She writes, "'Paper Cuts' is a collection of lessons learned and emotions discovered. 'Masterpiece' is a journey of collecting the broken pieces of who I am and embracing each and every piece, including the ones I wished at some point hadn't happened or could have been thrown away. 'Bought Myself Roses' is a celebration of all the beautiful discoveries I made as I took time to focus on self care. It is an encouragement to take time to focus on your own mental health and breathe in the beauty of the world we live in. 'Lucky' 'Light' 'Kismet' 'Her' 'On The Line' and so many more each have stories to tell.
The sound? Well that's an interesting question. My music is created with the emotion of the moment. Overall I would say Pop/Indie pop with a background in jazz that shines from time to time. As the deaf one in the room I write based on how it makes me feel. "
Leo Kottke, 6- and 12-String Guitar.
Renowned fingerstyle and Kottke scholar, John Stropes, is leading this unique and monumental project. The entire album will be meticulously transcribed and annotated, allowing for the preservation and sharing of Kottke's watershed work, which redefined the potential and vision of acoustic guitar.
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